General Information about Athens City & the Prefecture of Attica, Greece
At the center of the Greek mainland lies the prefecture of Attica, famed for its capital, the interesting city of Athens. This place reflects the history of Greece, since it remained the center of civilization and culture for many centuries. Here we provide you with some information that will help you organise your sightseeing tours in Athens City and Attica Greece.
Athens is an important part of ancient Greek history, having set the basis for European ascension and culture. Places to visit in Athens are the Parthenon on top of the Acropolis Rock and the Lycabetus Hill both with sweeping Athens City vistas. There are also various museums, such as the New Acropolis Museum with the superb displays and the Archaeological Museum, as well as the National Gallery with its wonderful permanent collection. Stroll around the National Garden and Plaka district with the Monastiraki flea market and visit the Panathenaic Stadium and many other breath-taking sites, you will may unexpectedly discover while wandering, as they are scattered around the districts or are hidden in the busy streets of Athens.
The prefecture of Attica boasts so many more interesting places holding a special spot on the Greek history and in particular on the ancient periods. So, if you are done with sightseeing in Athens, a tour around Attica prefecture will bring you close to mythical places, such as Marathon, where the famous battle took place and where you can find a good museum that is worth visiting. You can also drive to Sounion where you can admire the Temple of Poseidon (5th century BC) and remind yourself of the tragic tale of the returning of Theseus, as you are standing awestricken gazing at the spectacular sea views. The temples of Dimitra and Artemis in Elefssina and Vravrona are also great tokens of the long Greek history.
In the prefecture of Attica there is Piraeus, the most important port of Greece and Athens' largest neighbouring city. Piraeus has been the center and gathering location for many industrial and shipyard companies of Greek commerce. Its colour and aroma have been maintained in the district of Kastella, the City's Theater and the Tinanios Garden.
While sightseeing in Athens (Attica) Greece you can't help but be reminded of the ancient cultures, since their remains and influences are visible anywhere you look at. If you stay long enough around the prefecture and its big cities, you will realize that they have much more to offer than just archaeological sites, so get ready for new, soul-stirring experiences.